San Antonio’s venerable oasis of rest and recreation
By Suzanne Haberman
The conductor of The Mary Bartlett miniature train calls ‘All aboard!’ before the train rolls through Brackenridge Park on approximately three miles of track. Similar miniature trains have trekked the same track since 1956.
The Mary Bartlett miniature train shuttles riders on a tour of one of San Antonio’s oldest parks, Brackenridge Park, and makes stops at attractions such as the San Antonio Zoo and Japanese Tea Garden.
Golfers at the Brackenridge Park Golf Course play on San Antonio’s oldest municipal course.
A quarry vacated by a cement-making company was transformed into the Japanese Tea Garden in about 1918 and is now a major attraction in San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park.
This kiln marks the site in Brackenridge Park where the Alamo Portland and Roman Cement Company made cement from indigenous limestone until 1908.
Standing on the rim of the quarry that was converted into the Japanese Tea Garden in Brackenridge Park provides a view of the pond, its greenery and the San Antonio skyline.
Walking trails through San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park provide a vista of the flora and fauna of the San Antonio River, as this family discovers while peering down at a mallard from a footbridge.
A hippopotamus at the San Antonio Zoo wows spectators with its sheer mass, recognizable through the slab of aquarium glass that lets viewers get a safe, close-up view.
This Sumatran tiger impressed visitors by just lounging in its exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo in Brackenridge Park. The tiger drew oohs and ahs when it got up and began pacing.
This article appeared in the July 2011 issue
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